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Look Both Ways by Linda Criddle

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Assessing the Risks

Just as there are risks from posting visual images (see Chapter 4), there are risks in posting text online. One important thing to understand is that it’s not merely a single piece of information that typically does the damage. It’s the accumulation of information out there about you that seals the deal for predators. That information might not even come from a single source. Predators might learn your first name from your instant messaging identity, your state from your blog profile, the college you went to from a blog entry, your current occupation from your school Web site’s alumni section, your phone number from a white pages search, and so on. Before long, they have gathered enough information to come knocking on your ...

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